Ministry of Education Rules for awarding Secondary Studies Diploma (D.E.S.)
Certification Requirements in effect as of June 2010:
The Minister of Education, Sports and Leisure awards a Secondary School Diploma to students who have earned 54 credits in Secondary IV and V, at least 20 of which must be at the Secondary V level. The following credits are compulsory:
6 Secondary V credits in language of Instruction
4 Secondary V credits in French Second language instruction for students whose language of instruction is English
4 Secondary IV credits in Ethics and Religious Culture
4 Secondary IV credits in Mathematics
4 Secondary IV credits in Science and Technology or 6 credits in Applied Science & Technology
4 Secondary IV credits in History and Citizenship Education
2 Secondary IV credits in Arts
2 Secondary V credits in Ethics and Religious Culture or Physical Education & Health
Minimum Requirements for High School Graduation
A student must have a minimum of
54 credits from Secondary 4 (Grade 10) and Secondary 5 (Grade 11) to graduate.
At least 20 of these credits must be from Secondary 5 (Grade 11) courses. A
student who passes all courses in Secondary 4 (Grade 10) and Secondary 5 (Grade
11) would normally have 60 or more credits.
A student must also specifically pass the following courses to graduate:
Secondary 4 and 5 English and French
Secondary 4 History and Citizenship Education
Secondary 4 General or Applied Science and Technology
Secondary 4 Math
Secondary 4 Arts
Secondary 5 Ethics and Religious Culture or Physical Education
PLEASE NOTE: THESE ARE THE
BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION HOWEVER, ADMISSION TO CEGEP IS NOT GUARANTEED.
Work Oriented Training Paths:
The Government has included two new pathways for high school leaving: a one year and a three year work oriented training path which focus on work preparation, employment skills, work experience and vocational/technical program preparation. Please contact the guidance counselor or an administrator for more information.
Depending on the particular CEGEP program, students may need to pass a higher level 4 Math course and/or a higher level 5 Science course. In addition, certain programs require advanced level 5 Math. In the event that a student is missing one of more of these pre-requisites, it may be possible to take the equivalent course in CEGEP. In the event that their marks are too low for entry into their CEGEP program of choice, they may be eligible for a transition program at the CEGEP level.
Information is available in the Guidance Department detailing the specific requirements for a variety of CEGEP and vocational programs. We urge students to take advantage of this information so that they can make the appropriate program and course selections.
Students are responsible for their status regarding the obtainment of a Secondary School Diploma (D.E.S.) Students in Levels IV & V should verify their standing on a regular basis with the Guidance Services or their level Administrator to be sure they are registered in the correct courses leading to their Diplôme d’Études Secondaires.
Maintain a 70% overall average, pass all courses, stay in good standing with
teachers and administration and complete the level appropriate number of
community service hours at each level.
FRENCH IMMERSION REQUIREMENTS:
Must pass all courses taught in French.
At the end of each term the names of those students who have
maintained an average of 80% or better will be displayed on the "Honour Roll" in
the Mall. These students will receive special recognition.
This course is obligatory from Level I to Level V. The required dress for all the P.E. classes is as follows:
T-shirt, shorts or sweat pants, cotton socks and running shoes. Please refer to the section on dress code for more details. If, for medical reasons, a student cannot participate in P.E. class, a doctor's note is required to excuse him/her from participation.